Foxboro by Schneider-electric
Schneider Electric is an international company focused on the use of technologies to address the worldwide issue of energy. The company’s primary market has consisted of electrical utilities, water & waste treatment plants, public-sector infrastructure, oil & gas, and marine.
Schneider Electric acquired their ownership of Foxboro Company when they acquired Foxboro’s parent company, Invensys, in February 2014. Foxboro is a good fit within the Schneider structure as they are manufacturers of quality process measurement instruments that are intended to function within sophisticated device networks. This is an important characteristic for Schneider as they seek to expand their native product portfolio and thus the total value proposition they can offer both new and existing customers. Foxboro has brought with them an industrial customer base that Schneider can now more adequately address than before. Their product lines include flow and pressure instrumentation, including vortex, magnetic, and Coriolis flowmeters.
Foxboro offers plant automation systems, flowmeters, single-loop controllers, and a variety of product support services. The company also offers level, pressure, and temperature instruments as well as a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) based process analyzer designed for refinery, petrochemical, food processing, and pulp and paper operations.
The Foxboro Company was founded in Foxboro, Massachusetts in 1908, and was acquired by Siebe plc of Windsor, UK, in 1990. In 1999, Siebe merged with BTR to form Invensys plc. Foxboro is a brand under Invensys Systems, Inc. Foxboro/Invensys was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2014.
Foxboro is a broad-line supplier of instrumentation, and has a long-term reputation. In addition to its line of instrumentation products, the company is also famous for its I/A series, a distributed control system (DCS) that was introduced in 1987. Foxboro has a proprietary protocol it calls FoxCom, although now many of its instrumentation products are delivered with the HART protocol.
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